In honor of the release of Bound to You by Shawntelle Madison, the first book in her In Your Service series, I am excited to share my interview with Shawntelle. Along with the interview I will be holding a giveaway of a eBook of Bound to You as well as some cool swag. Scroll down for the interview and the giveaway.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: At Your Service
Through grace, talent, and hard work, personal concierge Sophie Ashton has turned international corporate warfare into an art. But when she meets her new client, a suave CEO who radiates masculine heat, she knows this is no ordinary job. Given her painful past, Sophie tries to keep her professional relationships exactly that: professional. But Xavier Quinn is a man who knows how to get what he wants, and soon Sophie is tempted into his wicked dance of seduction.
Xavier needs Sophie’s charm and finesse to land a coveted contract with a Japanese tech mogul, yet he’s even more intrigued by the woman in front of him. He can tell that Sophie has a darkly sensual nature, that she’s been hurt before, that the passion inside of her is struggling to break free. Xavier is used to taking risks in work and in life, but the stakes have never been higher. Because the game he plays with Sophie will bind them together—or destroy them both.
ABOUT THE AUTHORShawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
- Tell us about your new novel Bound to You.
Bound to You is about a concierge in Boston, MA who is given the task of helping a hot tech company owner secure
the deal of a lifetime. Sophie Ashton works day-to-day helping her exclusive clients, but she’s never had a client like Xavier Quinn. He’s a hard man to work with, but over time she falls for him and considers opening her broken heart to someone new. This novel is the first book in the At Your Service series and I’m excited since this book is my first full-length contemporary romance.
- What was the inspiration for the At Your Service series?
That’s a fun story. I was brainstorming with one of author pals and she mentioned concierge companies that cater to the uber rich. Now I love a man in a suit. Add in a concierge trained to please the most finicky client and you’ve got a fascinating boss/employee story waiting to happen. The two are all about business, but when feelings and sexual tension enter into the mix, things get complicated real fast.
- You’ve written Contemporary Romance, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Young Adult. What has been your favorite genre to write? Are there any other genres that you would want to write?
Hands down my favorite genre to write is urban fantasy. A close second would be paranormal romance. I’d love to explore other genres such as thrillers someday.
- What is your writing process like?
In the beginning, I thought I could just come up with an idea and write anything, but I learned the hard way that that isn’t my process. Go figure! I learned over time that I’m a “plotser.” Meaning I write by the seat of my pants and I also plot out my book. (I guess I do a bit of both… Heh.) I come up with a general idea about the characters I want to write and what issues they are facing. Once I have this foundation I can start writing. Of course a story is never perfect once you have that first draft. After I’ve finished a story I go through several drafts to get the story the way I want it. Sometimes this takes weeks and sometimes this takes months.
- When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was in middle school. I still have the folder full of those horrible stories, but they make me smile. I had no idea I could be a writer. I had no idea that all those scenes swimming around in my head could become a story.
I knew I wanted to do this in a professional capacity when I met my crit partner, author Sarah Jude, back in 2008. Before then I’d gone to grad school, did the 9-5 thing, and had kids. After I finished my first full-length book in 2008 I truly felt like a writer versus someone who considered themselves a dreamer.
- What are some of your favorite books/authors?
I have so many. Where can I start? The author I aspire to be someday is Octavia Butler. I read her sci-fi books in high school and they are amazing. I love Patricia Briggs and Marjorie M. Liu. The last book I gobbled up like a mad woman was The Martian. It was a nerdgasm. I’ll pretty much read anything if the author hooks me. Not just sci-fi/fantasy. I also love to read new adult romances by Jessica Scott, Elle Kennedy, and Kristin Callahan. I could keep going all day… How much time do you have?
- If you where not a writer what would you be doing?
When I’m not writing I’m actually a web developer. I’ve been a developer for over ten years now. When you press a button on a website, I’m one of the people who writes the code for what happens after you push the button.
- What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a proposal for my publisher as well as the second book in my YA sci-fi series and an urban fantasy series I’ve waited a long time to write.